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ScrapHappy July 2022: Water way to go – bin and gone (to the shop)

Aw! A little baby dalek...

Aw! A little baby dalek…

So, my reader will remember that, last month, I built a water butt stand (read here for the gory details) and mentioned in passing that the old water butt was in need of a retirement plan. And here is that plan – it will be a new compost bin at The Snail of happiness shop!

Having removed the bottom (now the top, just soooo confusing) of the butt, I decided to add one of those plastic handles you find on boxes with computers or air fryers in, to make it easier to open.

A lid? We can handle it...

A lid? We can handle it…

I decided to attach hinges (made from cable ties found by the side of various roads) and fashion a “lid-holding-down” device (Patent Pending) from a piece of the old greenhouse, and using the broken tap on the water butt. This is what happens when I am left unsupervised.

For once, I am not unhinged...

For once, I am not unhinged…

Lid-holding device installed

Lid-holding device installed

Lid-holding device in the "not holding the lid" position...

Lid-holding device in the “not holding the lid” position…

Hello! I raise my hat to you in welcome...

Hello! I raise my hat to you in welcome…

Now it is ready to be transported to the shop, to begin its new life composting stuff!

oOo

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ScrapHappy June 2022: Stand, by Me

 

Remains of the Day, er, water butt stand

Remains of the Day, er, water butt stand

As promised/threatened*, I have finally built a new water butt stand using yet more of the wood recovered from The Snail of Happiness shop. The old stand was built from a pallet and enhanced** with newer wood over a few years, but that familiar cry of “woodlice ate my butt stand!” rang out once more across Chez Snail causing consternation and a call to the police by the neighbours.

Worst. Table. Ever

Worst. Table. Ever

I built the stand in three parts in the stock room/teaching space in the shop, then disassembled it to carry it home. Despite having no real clue what I was doing, I was able to take the stand apart and remove it from the shop, put it in the car and relocate it in its new home. Time will tell if it is as strong as it needs to be – it could certainly handle yours truly sitting on it looking slightly aloof (which adds a kilo or two).

Once back at Chez Snail, I used yacht varnish (on the off chance that the stand turned into a yacht) to protect the wood from the Welsh elements (which are, broadly speaking, dragons, rain, seaweed-in-bread and close harmony singing).

Me: Ha! It's so good, it can support me! Also me: Please stay up, please stay up, please stay up...

Me: Ha! It’s so good, it can support me! Also me: Please stay up, please stay up, please stay up…

 

Self-assembly water butt stand

Self-assembly water butt stand

Varnishing Trick

Varnishing Trick

New stand in place

New stand in place

We will be buying a new recycled water butt as I think the old one is probably cracked (I know that feeling!) but never fear, it will be transported to the shop to be used as another compost bin!

Borg assimilated my water butt!

Borg assimilated my water butt!

oOo

* Delete as deemed wildly appropriate

** Shored up

 

Many other people contribute to Kate and Gun’s wonderful ScrapHappy every month – check out what they have been up to too!

 

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
Jill, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Carol,
Preeti, Debbierose, Nóilin and Viv

 
 

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ScrapHappy May 2022: No butts… well, no water butt stand

Plan(et) and (of) the tape(s)

Plan(et) and (of) the tape(s)

Guess what? My Scraphappy plans for this month have again been somewhat scuppered by pretty much the same minutiae of life as last month, with the addition of losing my (t)rusty tape measure and plans for a new water butt stand. But they both turned up today (12th) at the bottom of a box in a disused toilet in a basement with a sign saying “Beware of the leopard” on the door.* Or was that the plan to demolish Arthur Dent’s house? It’s so easy to get the two confused.

Anyway, coming soon – a new water butt stand built out of some of the remaining wood from the dismantling of bits of the shop. Honest. Unless a Vogon Constructor Fleet** stops everything beforehand, of course…

oOo

* Sorry, I should have issued a warning beforehand. Don’t Panic! A reference from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

** Oh no, another HGTTG reference. Sorry (not sorry). It was 21 years ago yesterday that the writer, Douglas Adams, went off on his next journey.

Many other people contribute to Kate and Gun’s wonderful ScrapHappy every month – check out what they have been up to too!

 

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
Jill, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Carol,
Preeti, Debbierose, Nóilin and Viv

 
 

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ScrapHappy March 2022: Lateral (flow test) thinking

 

Worst. Dominoes. Game. Ever.

Worst. Dominoes. Game. Ever.

A while back, the marvellous Dawn Gill Designs showed a use for old lateral flow test dropper bottles – cable support doodahs. It started me wondering about the possible uses of all the components. This morning, I saw the picture below on Twitter, and found the same use described here: https://www.gardeningetc.com/news/lateral-flow-test-gardening-hack

 

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Plant labels

Are there any other things people have used this scrap for? At Chez Snail, we tend to put all the waste in the foil packet the test strip comes in, keeping the plastic waste bags for other things, but the other bits… well, I can only think of using the cases to house something else. Sadly, the tiny Raspberry Pico microcontrollers don’t quite fit, but you could probably squeeze some surface mount LEDs in there. The tubes can neatly house a standard sized LED at the end making a little pointy torch thing perhaps. I also wonder if you could use the tubes for precision addition of liquid glue, or ink, to a surface.

 

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A sore thumb emulator. Or a red LED torch thing. You decide.

There are probably quite a few things from medical supplies that might prove more useful out of landfill than in it. The Snail’s Mum had to have blood thinning injections, self-administered, after her hip replacement*. These came with the needles and drug all in one, in a plastic test tube which was thrown away afterwards. Only we kept them, and I use one to store components in and we are p-planning to put sewing kits in some of the others, to sell in the shop.

 

Old needle tube now full of old electronic components

Old needle tube now full of old electronic components

Does anyone else have any suggestions for use for old lateral flow tests or other such medicinal waste?

oOo

* I mean she had her hip replaced, rather than she was replaced in her entirety with something more fashionable. Anyway, the Snail’s Mum is irreplaceable and utterly fashionable.

Many other people contribute to Kate and Gun’s wonderful ScrapHappy every month – check out what they have been up to too!

 

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
Jill, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Carol,
Preeti, Debbierose, Nóilin and Viv

 
 

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ScrapHappy February 2022: Extra – the Counter wait is over

This build had a tendency to drag on a bit

This build had a tendency to drag on a bit

Well, there we are, one counter and a dragon eager to serve you! I even reused some of the panel pins studiously removed (by our lovely volunteers last week) from the partitions.

Actually, there are still a few things left to do. I would like to tidy up the corners (that is, hide them) and the one of the pieces of countertop needs another couple of screws. Then, there is the matter of painting and decorating it, but that will likely be a task for some more lovely volunteers!

Our eager member of staff

Our eager member of staff

I think I will rest my carpentry “skills” for a bit!

oOo

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